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Clacton: People say homes explosion was ‘like a bomb going off’

18:09 05 February 2014

Handout photo from the Essex Fire Service of the scene after an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton, Essex

Handout photo from the Essex Fire Service of the scene after an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton, Essex

People living in the area of the Clacton explosion have said it sounded like a bomb going off.


Resident Stuart Coe said: “We were sitting there having breakfast and the next thing we heard this almighty bang and literally everything shook in the house - the conservatory shook, it felt like the roof was shaking.

“Obviously, the kids were upset and crying, we didn’t know what was going on. And then we started fearing there had been an explosion and one of the neighbours believes she saw British Gas in the area yesterday.

“Within minutes of the explosion, we started hearing sirens coming down the road.

“It’s like a bomb going off... It was a pretty nasty event.”

Debris from the explosion “flew in all directions damaging windows and roofs” in Cloes Lane, Clacton, Essex Fire Service added.

Assistant divisional officer Lee Palfreyman, the incident commander, reported that “everyone has now been accounted for”, but Darcy, a search and rescue dog, was checking the scene to ensure no casualties remain buried.

A primary school in Cloes Lane, St Clare’s Roman Catholic, is believed to have been evacuated.

An Essex County Council spokeswoman said: “We are awaiting confirmation but we believe the school has been cleared.”

Cloes Lane resident Gwen Mitchell, 70, who lives about 30 yards from the blast scene, said the house caught in the explosion was a semi-detached property.

Mrs Mitchell, a Conservative councillor on Tendring District Council, said: “I didn’t know anything about it until I had got home.

“It’s about 12 to 14 houses up the road from me on the opposite side to me. There was a very strong acidy, smoky smell in the air.

“There are lots and lots of police, ambulance and fire engines in the road, and it looks like one of the houses has gone.

“My heart has been doing flips ever since I heard the news. You don’t expect this to happen so close to your own home.

“I thank God that it’s not me involved and I dearly hope that no one is badly injured. There is insulation being blown up the road, which I presume has come from the house, and we have had people from the gas and electricity boards here.”

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  • Remember the address. Cloes Lane, Clacton (Estate), Ipswich, Suffolk... As well all know Clacton is in Essex so why are you filling up IPSWICH star with non-Ipswich and non-Suffolk (Ipswich being the county town) news?

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